carpenter ant

noun

Definition of carpenter ant 

: an ant (especially genus Camponotus) that gnaws galleries especially in dead or decaying wood

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The most pervasive of these include pavement ants, Argentine ants, odorous house ants and carpenter ants. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Ants," 9 May 2018 Dead and rotting branches can serve as points of entry and sources of infection for such problems as melanose in citrus and carpenter ants and wood rot in shade trees and shrubs. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How to keep insects, weeds and diseases out of your South Louisiana garden," 24 May 2018 The most pervasive of these include pavement ants, Argentine ants, odorous house ants and carpenter ants. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Ants," 9 May 2018 David: There's a lot of rot, and our area is known for termites and carpenter ants. R. Daniel Foster, latimes.com, "Reality Realty: Woodsy retreats featured on HGTV’s ‘Rustic Rehab’," 13 Apr. 2018 To test this idea, Solá Gracia and her colleagues took about 100 carpenter ants and created three colonies. Kate Sheridan, Newsweek, "Zombie Apocalypse: Ants Can't Tell When Their Colony Is Overrun by a Deadly Fungus," 14 Mar. 2018 This image shows carpenter ants in Rock Creek Park in Washington DC on April 16, 2016. Kate Sheridan, Newsweek, "Zombie Apocalypse: Ants Can't Tell When Their Colony Is Overrun by a Deadly Fungus," 14 Mar. 2018 The most pervasive of these include pavement ants, Argentine ants, odorous house ants and carpenter ants. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Ants," 31 Oct. 2017 When carpenter ants come into contact with a specific fungus (Ophiocordyceps unilateralis), a toxin released by the fungus takes control of the ant’s brain and compels it to attach itself to a leaf and wait for death. Justin Jacobs, Indianapolis Star, "Swallow some 'Poison' at seductive new exhibit at the Indiana State Museum," 18 Oct. 2017

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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